CFI WNY Secular Book Club
Help us pick the next book to discuss! The voting deadline is Friday, March 8th.

Our discussion of the winning book will be on Wed., May 15th at CFI Amherst.

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Behold the Man by Michael Moorcock
A disaffected modern professional dealing with a dead-end job, going-nowhere relationships, and a personal struggle with faith, Karl Glogauer is given the opportunity to travel back in time to the era of Jesus Christ and becomes involved in events in Palestine.

Excerpts from Amazon user reviews:

"This book questions everything about Christianity. It brings up all the questions that atheists pose and follows them to their logical conclusions. While it takes its shots at Christianity it manages to take into account arguments for faith, agnosticism and secular humanism. Rather than focusing on answers it asks big questions of those readers who aren't afraid of challenges to their belief systems."

"This book is a thought-provoking meditation on the concept of prophecy, and the power that it has over all of us, regardless of faith or belief."

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore
The birth of Jesus has been well chronicled, as have his glorious teachings, acts, and divine sacrifice after his thirtieth birthday. But no one knows about the early life of the Son of God -- the missing years -- except Biff, the Messiah's best bud, who has been resurrected to tell the story in the divinely hilarious yet heartfelt work. "Reminiscent of Vonnegut and Douglas Adams." -Philadelphia Inquirer

Excerpts from Amazon user reviews:

"Lamb is alternately touching, funny, thought-provoking and even inspirational."

"This book was so funny I died, and raised again. No seriously, unlike me, it's dead funny. It has just the right amount of blasphemy and 'reality', keeping it firmly grounded."

"When I come upon certain stories in the Bible that were talked about in this book, the stories Biff, Jesus childhood friend refers too, I laugh and remember Biff's spin on it cause he was supposedly there and he told it his way."

Sabrina by Nick Drnaso (Graphic Novel)
The follow-up to Nick Drnaso’s Beverly, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Sabrina depicts a modern world devoid of personal interaction and responsibility, where relationships are stripped of intimacy through glowing computer screens. Presenting an indictment of our modern state, Drnaso contemplates the dangers of a fake-news climate. Timely and articulate, Sabrina leaves you gutted, searching for meaning in the aftermath of disaster.

Excerpts from Amazon user reviews:

"Sabrina is unnerving, distressing subtle, and humane. I couldn’t put it down. With a story that explores real human tragedy, the horrifying implications of extremist conspiracy theories, and the troubled lives of everyday people, this graphic novel is a compelling masterpiece."

"No documentary, mockumentary, youtube clip, news special, social media post, film, book, podcast, or article has ever captured the complexity of media and humanity in 21st century America quite so lucidly as this graphic novel."

"It was the first graphic novel ever to make the long list of the Man Booker Prize."

VOX by Christina Dalcher
Christina Dalcher’s debut novel, set in a recognizable near future and sure to beg comparisons to Margaret Atwood’s dystopian The Handmaid’s Tale, asks: if the number of words you could speak each day was suddenly and severely limited, what would you do to be heard? VOX highlights the urgency of movements like #MeToo, but also of the basic importance of language.

Excerpts from Amazon user reviews:

"Christina Dalcher created a novel that was ultra-smart, terrifying and ultimately what I believe to be a stunning and remarkable debut novel. From the moment I ordered it on Amazon to the time I finished reading it - just a few days - I was enveloped in and astounded by the world and story she created."

"While Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaiden’s Tale seems other worldly, Vox is in-the-moment."

"A page-turner, Vox is a thriller, love story, sci-fi novel that explores the dangers of silence."

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